B&B Tuesday Update 1/2/07

The Bold & The Beautiful Update Tuesday 1/2/07

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Stephanie is tidying up and putting boxes away as Ridge walks in. He tells her Brooke is rounding the kids up and he just wanted to thank her and his Dad for inviting them over. She exclaims that Eric has already gone to bed; he doesn’t think he has much to celebrate. Ridge hates that his depression is really that bad. Stephanie reveals that he is low and what he really is concerned about is that he doesn’t have any real enthusiasm about starting up a new company. Which is why she hopes he won’t have to. Ridge states even though Taylor may have had a breakthrough with Nick, doesn’t mean he’s going to keep his word and sell them back the company. He doesn’t think the guy can be trusted. Stephanie tells him then trust her, she is determined she is going to get the company back. He asks if she knows something they don’t know? She says yes, “Jackie was a whore.” He about bursts a seam laughing until he sees she is serious. No, this is true. She tells him she is not saying this as a insult, but when Nick was little, she turned tricks. She was a prostitute.

Nick and Taylor disengage from their kiss. He tells her to go ahead and slap him if she wants. She is engaged. She tells him she is not going to slap him. He’s getting ahead of himself. She’s been acting as his therapist. This is sometimes called transference. She’s been helping him reach some very intimate and meaningful realizations and he’s feeling grateful and sometimes gratitude can feel like attraction. He chuckles and tells her to take it easy, he doesn’t know how much of this he can handle. She declares she knows it’s alright and that she has touched him in a very personal way. But, she doesn’t want him misreading her helping him into something romantic or sexual in any way. He grins that he thinks the doctor is protesting too much. She tells him no, but she doesn’t want him to feel embarrassed or awkward. He points out that he thinks she is the one who is feeling awkward. And she says this can happen in the course of a therapeutic relationship. He reminds her that it has happened before and there was nothing therapeutic about it. “You do remember being on my boat, and you do remember touching me in a very personal way, don’t you?” She claims that night was a little fuzzy. He assures her that she wasn’t drunk when he held her in his arms and she said the pain went away when he did. She wasn’t fuzzy about that? She replies no that part was nnot fuzzy, she remembers it well.

Ridge replies that Jackie is no paragon of virtue, but a prostitute? Stephanie acknowledges that Nick remembered this in his sessions and is now devastated by the memory. He knows Taylor wants to help them get the company back, but he can’t believe she would breach that confidentiality to tell her something like that. She assures her that Taylor didn’t. It was just by accident that she heard her recording her session notes and she was talking about sea captains and some fella named Kramer. Taylor serviced this man and his friends. Oh, my God, pretty stunning isn’t it? He stammers that it is beyond stunning. This is beautiful, “Nick blackmails us to get our company out from under us. And now we have enough information to get it back.” He asks if she has talked this over with his dad? She replies no and don’t ever let Taylor know she has told him either. He says he won’t, but they ARE going to use this information. Stephanie says it is a dilemma, but she certainly doesn’t want to place Taylor in any situation to lose her license. She’s been so good and helped her with her mother, so she doesn’t want to place her in jeopardy. She thinks the only way to proceed for now is just to believe that he made the agreement with Taylor and he’s going to honor that agreement and they will get the company back.

Taylor tells Nick she won’t deny it. That night on his boat was significant to her. He quips that significant is good. She says they both were feeling they were vulnerable about betrayed. He thought Brooke was being unfaithful with Ridge. He remarks it wasn’t his finest hour. She confesses it wasn’t hers either. She lays down the crystal globe he gave her. She realized that night she had a drinking problem. And if she had paid attention to that problem, this whole year might have turned out differently. If she’d learned anything from that night, it’s that life is full of moments where you can make a good decision and it can change the entire course of your life. The key is just recognizing when you are in one of them. Nick asks if they are in one of those moments now? She steps aside and tells him than when they started he had said if she helped him he would be willing to give Forrester Creations back. And she knows he is a man of his word. He admits he’s also a businessman. And he used Marone assets to buy Forrester Creations. If he sells the company back within a few months and doesn’t make a profit, they will have a problem with that. She doesn’t understand why he will back out on their deal. He admits it is her deal, not his. He was supposed to find peace and somehow he’s not quite there yet. She says she knows, they have a lot of work to do yet. But, it’s after midnight and Thorne will be waiting for her. He tells her to wait a minute, don’t forget her gift. He hands it to her and she thanks him and says goodnight.

She gets home and finds a note from Thorne to wake him up when she comes home and they will celebrate the New Year. Before she can go up, Stephanie calls and wants to know how it went with Nick. Did he agree to sell the company back? She whispers to Ridge that Nick said no. He mouths that he told her the bastard couldn’t be trusted. Taylor says he just hasn’t found that peace yet. He’s not stalling, he just needs time, just like when she confronted her mother. He’s a man of integrity, he’s going to keep his word. She offers that she just got home, it’s New year’s and Thorne is waiting upstairs. Stephanie tells Ridge she thinks Nick is playing cat and mouse games with Taylor. He asks her what does she have in the envelope? She admits it’s transfer papers. She was so confident that she just went ahead and had them drawn up. And she knows it’s late, but she’s going over to see him. He’s got to hold up his end of the deal. He tells her just be very careful.

Taylor barely hangs up the phone when the doorbell rings and in sashays Jackie spouting “how dare you. Who do you think you are? Didn’t you take an oath, ‘do not harm?’” Taylor says, “Happy New Year, Jackie. I understand you’re very upset.” She says she certainly is. Taylor had said she was going to HELP her son. How? By opening old wounds and ripping open his heart? Taylor reveals that therapy usually leads to places that need to heal. Jackie says she had also said he’d be happy; he’d find peace. Taylor tells her he will find peace once he has dealt with those issues. Jackie says they had a fine relationship….the only one he could ever count on…and now he can’t even look at her. Taylor remarks that she is very sorry. She knows this must be painful for both of them. Jackie laments that she is his mother. Everything she has ever done she did for him. And now because of Taylor, he is never going to see her in that same way again.

Nick's doorbell rings while he’s smoking a cigar and looking at a picture of him and Jackie. It’s Stephanie who cheerfully announces, “Happy New Year, Nick. I thought we might talk.” He watches as she waltzes in and asks about what? She says oh, the New Year, new beginnings. He quips, “Oh yes, I heard about your reconciliation with your mother. It surprised me. I always thought you were from a pack of wolves.” She replies, “I was. She adopted me.” Then goes on to say let’s get to the point. She understands he and Taylor had an agreement and she hopes he will hold up to his end of it. Nick asks if she has told them about their sessions? Stephanie replies no she’s a professional. She’s a woman of integrity as he is a man of integrity. At least she has always believed that he is honest like his father. She hopes he doesn’t take after his mother in that regard. He tells her to leave his mother out of this. She offers that she would. Actually she’d like to, but he was the one that dragged her into this debacle using her accident to take the company away from them. He sneers that it might be a debacle for her family, but it turned out pretty nicely for his. Hasn’t she seen the trades? They are putting out their first line soon. She replies that actually she is hoping not many people will see that line. She is hoping when the sun rises in the East in the morning, the company will belong to the Forrester’s again. This is a sales contract and she wants him to sign it. He grins as he contemplates.

Jackie starts stroking her temples and Taylor asks if she wants something for her head? She says she is alright, it is Nicky that isn’t okay. She told him he wouldn’t find happiness dredging up the past. And it’s their relationship that is not right. Taylor tells her now it can. They can rebuild on honesty. Jackie wails but Taylor doesn’t understand – he HATES her! She makes him SICK! Taylor tries to comfort her that she knows he loves her. He is disturbed by a few things, but in time…..Jackie laments that he couldn’t wait to get away from her, that is why he went to sea in the first place. Taylor reminds her that he always came back, and he will again this time. She just needs to give him a little bit of time to deal with this. She states she doesn’t know how she can do this. He’s lost the one person he used to count on. Now he’s lost Brooke, his children and his mother. “My little boy is alone.” Taylor tells her he isn’t a little boy any more. She cries he is to her and always will be. Everything she did, she did to protect him, to make sure everything was okay. There was no work and no money and she just wanted him to be all right and not to worry. She didn’t want him to know. Taylor states they have all made mistakes and Jackie did what she felt she had to. They have all made choices they wish they could go back and change, especially the ones that affect their children. But, Jackie will have to take it from her firsthand. Even the worst cases, they are forgivable. Jackie says she doesn’t know what she’d do if she couldn’t believe that. He’s all she has left, he’s her whole world.

Nick asks Stephanie if she has some attorney locked away in her attic that she feeds a little gruel to that whips up these contracts for her? She laughs that she wishes she did. Here’s the proposal – they’ll buy back the company for the price he paid plus any monies he may have spent so he won’t lose a dime. He chuckles – he won’t make a dime either. She admits not, but he wasn’t anyway. He knows nothing about the fashion industry. Come on, sign it. Save himself and his family a lot of humiliation – he made a deal. He says not with her, he didn’t. She reminds him that he’s a Marone, and his word is his bond. He asks if this was her idea? She replies not. Actually she was rather appalled when Taylor first mentioned it. She didn’t want him anywhere near her, but Taylor is her own woman. She thought she could help and she was obligated to do that. And she had just led her to believe that she had fulfilled her end of the bargain. Nick says then obviously she said he hadn’t, otherwise she wouldn’t be here.

Stephanie asks if he has had his epiphany? He fires back that he hasn’t found the peace he was promised because his mother is in pain every day and takes pills for it and may never be the same. Stephanie answers that perhaps his mother was never the woman he thought he was. He tells her again not to bring his mother into this and don’t insult her. She tells him to sign this and she won’t ever again. He chides, “look at you. You’re so close to getting what you want, you’re practically salivating.” Just one flick of his pen and she’s the Forrester Family hero again….her two boys are heading to the altar and that pathetic husband of hers is right behind the desk where she likes him. He grabs the papers out of her hand. “Stephanie, Mother of the Year….well, you keep dreaming, Toots, ‘cause it ain’t happening. It’ll be one cold day in Hell before I give you anything.” He tears up the contract and throws it all in the fireplace.

As she starts to leave, she turns and shakes her finger at him and tells him that was a mistake. He better remember this moment when his world comes crashing down around him, he and his mother. “Because that day is coming sooner rather than later. Nobody gets the better of me, Nick. Nobody!”

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